I am so thankful for Julie and the words she has today! These are words I really needed to hear and absorb. Thanks so much girl!
Hi! My name is Julie and you can find me over at my blog Back to the Basics, where I blog about my life as a wife and stay at home mom to Brayden (3) and Kenley (11 months). I am honored to guest post here at babEblessings today!
Lately, I have been feeling very emotional about our daughter approaching her first birthday. I am not sure WHY when my kids approach their one year birthday that I turn into a complete hormonal wreck, but hey, I guess that’s just how I deal. I just feel like we JUST brought her home, that I was JUST in that operating room anxiously awaiting her first cry, and JUST crying over how exhausted I was and that I couldn’t possibly mother two children. I was this way when Brayden turned one as well- and was in literal tears for the entire week leading up to his birthday.
As a mom, you just can’t explain these feelings to someone who isn’t a mother. When I was pregnant with Brayden, I couldn’t even fathom that these feelings would ever come my way! I was too excited and proud to let fear and anxiety intrude. But after Brayden stopped nursing, I started feeling very anxious 99% of the time. This was what was leading up to the meltdown I had prior to his first birthday.
The Bible tells us that worrying is a sin.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So why do so many of us still worry SO much about day to day things? I struggled, and I know I am not the only one. But I can take comfort in the fact that Jesus already has an amazing plan for my life that I haven’t even scratched the surface of. He has equipped me to be the best mother, wife, sister, and daughter– but it is up to me to utilize that for myself. It is up to me to call on His promises and know that tomorrow will in fact, worry about itself.
As a mother, I need to remember to cherish the times I have now with my children, not mourn them before they already pass. God has something amazing planned for each and every one of us- but are you trusting him with your entire being? I know I don’t all the time- but a simple reminder that God has it all planned out for me does wonders!
Thanks so much for blessing me with these words.